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08.26.2013 | | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Gun politics were always going to be the elephant in the room after Andy Kochanski, owner of Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall, shot and killed a robbery suspect at his bar earlier this month, but for a while there seemed to be no need to dwell on them. In the aftermath of the shooting, neighbors of all political beliefs rallied around Kochanski, praising him for protecting his patrons and showing ...
08.19.2013 | | Posted at 12:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
The owner of Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall met with the District Attorney's Office this morning to review the death of an armed robbery suspect at his bar. On Friday morning around 12 a.m., Andy Kochanski shot and killed one of three men who attempted to rob the historic polka bar. In a statement following the meeting this morning, Kochanski's lawyer said the bar owner is cooperating with the i...
Monday, Aug. 6, 2012

Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds (Smithsonian Folkways)

An enduring cross-cultural exchange occurred in 19th-century Texas when Mexicans heard the accordion-powered polka of Central European immigrants and made the music their own. On their latest CD, the Grammy-winning Tex-Mex...
Monday, May 28, 2012

Wisconsin's Polka King Passes On

Blazonczyk formed his first band while a teenager living in Crandon with his father in the late 1950s. After moving back home with his mother in Chicago, he and his band, The Bell-Aires, recorded a handful of rockabilly-oriented singles, often with...
Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

Photography book captures South Side landmark

Whether or not it was life-changing, Philip “Philo” Kassner's first encounter with a South Side landmark became a second encounter and then a third—until the...

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